Sometimes known as a reciprocating compressor, a piston compressor is a positive displacement compressor with pistons driven by a crankshaft to deliver air at high pressure.
Intake air enters a suction manifold and passes into the compression cylinder. Here, it is compressed by a piston driven by a crankshaft using a reciprocating motion, then discharged. Typical applications include oil processing, pipelines, chemicals, natural gas and refrigeration.
Benefits of piston compressors include a significantly extended service life over other compressor types, as well as reduced maintenance requirements and energy costs, with almost 100% of the energy going into the process used fully and little energy wasted as reject heat.
At ACE, we develop, install and maintain high performance piston compressor systems from leading manufacturers including: